Democrats are sticking with a new bail reform law that is emptying out jails and has some freed defendants getting busted for more crimes.
Two weeks ago, an accused, six-time bank robber who’s become the face of all that’s wrong with New York’s new bail-reform law is now finally in jail — thanks to federal prosecutors, who have seized control of his case and done what no state judge was free to do.
Now, according to a new report from the NY Post, NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea is speaking out and blaming the new bail reform laws for a spike in crime since the start of the year.
NYPost reports a sharp rise in citywide crime since 2020 began was sparked by New York’s new bail reform laws, which took away a judge’s discretion to hold repeat and possibly violent offenders behind bars, NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said at a press conference Friday.
“In the first three weeks of this year, we’re seeing significant spikes in crime. So either we forgot how to police New York City, or there’s a correlation,” Shea told reporters in reference to the new laws.
“If you let out individuals that commit a lot of crime, that’s precision policing in reverse and we’re seeing the effects in a very quick time, and that is why we’re so concerned.”
The new law has stopped a slew of non-violent offenses from being bail eligible, allowing criminals to walk free after committing robberies, burglaries and other offenses.
Since 2020 began, as of Friday at midnight, robberies are up 32.5 percent, car theft is up 61 percent and burglaries are up 18 percent compared to the same time period last year.
And the numbers aren’t fractions either — a total of 233 more robberies have happened this year compared to last, 159 more car thefts and 125 more burglaries, just in the last three weeks.
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